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Thursday, September 19, 2013


Estadio Benito Villamarín  will be hosting on 19 September 2013, an UEFA Europa League Match (group I 1. round) between Real Betis vs Olympique Lyon. The match referee will be Stefan Johannesson.
Real Betis will face Olympique Lyon in this Europa League group I game. The team is considered the best in its group, however Lyon is also not very far from it if one has a look at its results. Betis didn't start  its domestic season in a very good form, making only one win, one draw, and two losses. It lost to Real Madrid and also to Celta Vigo, and managed a draw against Espanyol. Its only win was over Valencia at home in the last game. Real Betis team has already played one round in the In Europa League before the group stages, and it won over the Czech team, Jablonec, 8-1 on aggregate.
Olympique Lyon, on the other hand, is expected to finish top four/five in the French Ligue 1. The team is in ranked eighth after 5 games, in which it made two wins, one draw and two losses. Lyon started the season in in a good from as it made two wins against Nice and Sochaux, but then it lost to Reims and Evian, and in the last match it made a draw 0-0 at home to Rennes. Lyon will need to improve if it wants to beat Real Betis fpr the group win. The team has already played in two rounds of Champions League qualifiers, and it has beaten Grasshopper 2-0 on aggregate, however, it lost to Real Sociedad in next round 4-0 on aggregate and is, thus, in Europa League instead.

Possible line-ups:
Real Betis : G. Sara - Nacho, A. Amaya, Paulao, J. Figueras - Xavi Torres, S. Sévilla, J. Matilla - Juanfran, J. Molina, L. Reyes
Lyon : A. Lopes - M. Dabo, B. Koné, S. Umtiti, H. Bedimo - M. Gonalons, S. Malbranque, C. Grenier - J. Briand, B. Gomis, A. Lacazette.

Match Details and Timings:
Real Betis vs Olympique Lyon
Football: UEFA Europa League, group I 1. round
Match date: 19 September 2013
Kick Off Time: 21:05 CET - 19:05 GMT - 20:05 UK (BST)
Stadium: Estadio Benito Villamarín
Referee: Stefan Johannesson

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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